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Rip: A Remix Manifesto

Synopsis
Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at opensourcecinema.org, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Year of release
2009
Availability
out of distribution
Subjects
Law; Media studies; Music
Keywords
copyright law; sampling; Creative Commons; mash-ups

Credits

Director
Brett Gaylor

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£14.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
80 minutes
Year
2009

Production Company

Name

National Film Board of Canada

Web
http://www.nfb.ca/ External site opens in new window
Notes
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has an international reputation for producing social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content, with a unique Canadian perspective. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards. The website gives details of the complete collection of NFB films. For personal viewing, films are streamed for free at http://www.nfb.ca/ or can be delivered to your i-Phone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry Playbook. Educational institutions can subscribe for online delivery and DVDs for sale are listed in the online store section of the website. Purchasers outside of the USA and Canada will need to check availability and pricing.

Distributor

Name

Artefact Media

Address
1 Park View Road
Brighton
BN3 7BF
Notes
Artefact Media ceased trading in 2014
 

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